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Development Guide

Development Guide

Rural: Medium Intensity (RM)

Rural – Medium is similar to the Rural-Low Typology Area except that it allows higher housing densities. These areas are usually near a fire station.

Rural-Medium areas are often located adjacent to Urban-Low and Urban Reserve typologies, which are areas intended to urbanize in the future. While there is no expectation for urban services, RM areas have limited potential to connect to City water or sewer service, and may become more integrated into the urbanized area in the distant future. Commercial and light industrial uses may be appropriate provided they do not negatively impact the rural residential character.

Density Range

Typical Lot Sizes
  2-5+ acres
Minimum Lot Size
  2 acres*
Non-Residential Floor to Area Ratio (FAR) Range   n/a

*RM densities may be allowed to increase to lots between 2 acres and 1 acre if a project: (1) is partially adjacent to an urbanized area; or (2) will preserve designated Environmentally Sensitive Areas through policies included in this plan. Density exceptions should apply to only a portion of a site.


1.0  Site Design, Building Form, and Location

  1.1  Site Design
  • Avoid development within or modification of 100 year floodplains or floodways.
  • Design new buildings to complement the character of surrounding areas and not detract from the open character of the landscape.
  • Utilize Best Management Practices (BMP) for stormwater.
  • Concentrations of higher density lots (i.e. approaching one acre) are appropriate only in certain circumstances, such as transitioning between higher density areas and rural densities, and for the preservation of Environmentally Sensitive Areas (see Land Use Compatibility page 68).
1.2 Location
  • Cluster retail and other commercial uses at intersections and freeway interchanges along major arterials (see Street Typology).

2.0 Automobile and Pedestrian Connectivity

2.2 Pedestrian Connectivity
  • Provide connectivity in the form of sidewalks or trails to existing public trails and parks that are adjacent to development.

Rural: Medium Intensity Character
RM areas include a variety of low density, large lot housing and services, ranging from small, large-lot subdivisions to large estate and ranch properties.